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So you don’t have a valentine this year … whomp, whomp. Don’t spend the weekend gorging on chocolate hearts and swiping right on a certain dating app. Instead, consider exploring your options in a different city this year. The best city for finding love, according to a new Zillow survey? Washington, DC. The survey used 4 main metrics: percentage of population that’s single, percentage of population that’s new to the city and single (hello, fresh options), date spots, and disposable income to pay for said date spots. The Washington Post does pose the obvious question: Could Washington be the best city for love because it’s the most loveless city? Hmm, let’s stay hopeful!

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La Mer Restaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii (Photo Courtesy of OpenTable)

Hey, lovebirds, don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and if you haven’t made your plans yet, you better get cracking! Need ideas? OpenTable just released its list of 2015’s Most Romantic Restaurants in America.

Whether you want to woo your S.O. over swoon-worthy seafood or hope to rekindle a relationship with a fireside meal, these restaurants are sure to stir up a little romance. This year’s list of winning restaurants with decadent dishes and come-hither ambiences spans more than 31 states and the nation’s capital and is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews.

It must be the dreamy ocean views, because California boasts the most romantic restaurants, followed by New York, Texas and Virginia.  And the cuisine that, for the past 6 years, has been the favorite for flirting over? Fondue.

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The white, sandy shores and turquoise waters of Cancun, Mexico, might not be the first spot that couples who are planning a traditional Indian wedding think of as a destination for their nuptials — but it should be.
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To the shock and dismay of women around the world, the world’s most eligible bachelor is officially off the market. George Clooney tied the knot with Amal Alamuddin on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice’s iconic Canal Grande.

This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice’s elite for centuries, so it was a fitting spot for the Oscar-winning actor and the internationally acclaimed barrister to wed. Renovated into a luxury resort in 2013, Hotel Aman blends the old world with the new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there’s also a spa and fitness area. Don’t get too excited about following in Clooney’s footsteps: A night here will cost you — prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room. Most star-worthy wedding moment? The glamorous couple and their A-list guests arrived via boat or gondola.

After a dream wedding in Venice, where does a Hollywood power couple such as Clooney and Alamuddin honeymoon? Far-flung exotic locales like the beaches in Mauritius or the Maldives? Or perhaps, as was speculated, at royal honeymoon hot spot Seychelles?

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Hollywood’s hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France — Hollywood’s’ royal couple owns the enchanting domain. Perhaps Jolie and Pitt knew when they bought the French estate 2 years ago that it would be the perfect location for their wedding — it sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out).

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to have a better long weekend than you. After much anticipation, the extravagant couple will tie the knot on Saturday, May 25 in Florence, Italy, in front of more than 100 guests, including their 11-month-old daughter, North.

But this won’t be your average celebrity destination wedding in a stunning Italian villa. After all, West — who proposed on the jumbotron at the San Francisco Giants’  At&T Stadium … with a 50-piece orchestra, their friends and family watching from the dugout and Keeping Up With the Kardashians cameras rolling — wouldn’t say “I do” any other way.

In true Kimye fashion, it seems no expense was spared on the lavish affair spanning across 2 romantic, European cities. Below you’ll find their rumored 3-day itinerary:

Friday, May 23:

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Photo by Four Seasons Hotel George V

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some romance-inspiring travel ideas. Get your heart pumping on an adrenaline-filled adventure or gaze into your valentine’s eyes at a fireside table for 2 this weekend.

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Where is everyone dreaming of getting hitched and starting their happily-ever-after? Today Google released their year-in-review Zeitgeist list for 2013, which included the top searched destination wedding locations and honeymoon destinations for 2013.

It’s clear from Google’s data that couples are definitely dreaming of beach “I do’s,” in places such as Jamaica, Bahamas and Bermuda. While Hawaii has always been a desired destination wedding, we like seeing that the less-developed Kauai island is getting more love in 2013. We do wonder though, how many brides and grooms book these destination weddings or are they just dreaming of them?

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Photo Courtesy of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Hawaii became the 15th state to legalize gay marriage on Monday, which should draw even more happy couples to the Aloha State. The law also allows couples to register for a license and be married the same day, a move that is sure to appeal to plenty of tourists.

How much of an appeal? Sumner La Croix, an economist at the University of Hawaii -Manoa, tells NPR that the legalization of gay marriage in Hawaii could boost tourism in the state by as much $217 million over the next 3 years.

“Same-sex couples will be attracted to Hawaii for the same reasons that opposite-sex couples are attracted to Hawaii,” said La Croix. “It’s the great weather, it’s the warm water, it’s the beautiful scenery. And it’s also the aloha spirit.”

We couldn’t agree more at Travel Channel. We’ve lauded combining your wedding with your honeymoon on the Hawaiian Islands thanks to the year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets.

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It’s that time of year when weddings start to fill our calendars — everyone wants to be a June bride. And why not? It’s the perfect time of year! Which is why we have weddings and — even better — honeymoons on the brain.

1. If you’re dreaming of staying in a private, thatched cottage, relaxing by the Caribbean Sea and being pampered at a romantic spa, then Belize should be your honeymoon destination of choice.

2. Every bride dreams of a fairytale wedding, and the best way to fulfill this fantasy is by holding your wedding in a real castle. These romantic castles are waiting to make your dreams come true — just set the date!

3. Having trouble deciding where to go on your honeymoon? From the Maldives to Virgin Gorda, find out what honeymoon destinations are hot this year.

4. Speaking of the Maldives, its reputation as a top honeymoon hot spot isn’t changing anytime soon — especially when you consider the pristine white-sand beaches and adults-only overwater bungalows.

5.  You’ve planned your June wedding, but the question remains: will it rain? Thanks to weathertrends360, find out which wedding spots will see sunny skies and which will be a little grey. Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck, right?

6. Princess Madeleine of Sweden married American financier Christopher O’Neill this month. Learn more about this royal wedding … and try not to be too jealous.

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